Catt Sadler of E! News is one of my favorite TV personalities because she’s real and inspiring and genuine. So when she posted this gem today on her Instagram, I loved her even more. I mean seriously. How true is this?:


When it comes to relationships, whether it’s of the dating variety or the friendship variety, it has to be organic. Same goes for your hairstyle, too, actually. When you’re trying too hard and putting in too much effort, something’s not working. It feels forced and awkward. The best kinds of relationships are those that just sort of unfold on their own. You put in some work, of course, but you’re not constantly breaking a sweat and crushing brain cells. You should feel comfortable enough in your friendships and your relationship to not have to worry all the time. There are plenty of other areas in your life that can and will bring you stress; those two shouldn’t be part of it. They should be the connections that make you feel at peace.

It’s easy to get caught up in relationships that are just too much effort. You’re chasing the other person, snatching up your phone every time it buzzes, hoping it’s them. You’re always making plans with a friend and listening to their stories/problems, only to find that they don’t return the favor when you need it. Life is too short for that. Find people who see your worth and want you around. Find people who want to listen to you and give you advice and support you, just like you do for them. The chase is fun and exciting for a little while, but it’s just not sustainable. Also, it does long-term, slow damage to your mental health. 

Bottom line is this: if it stresses you out, skip it. If you’re constantly worrying about whether it’s working or “happening” or what’s going on, it’s not happening and it’s not working. Move on. 


I Found The Only Apartment Decorations You’ll Ever Need….

August 14, 2014

In a few weeks I’m moving into a one-bedroom apartment and I can’t wait. It’s my first time ever living alone, no boyfriend, no parents, no roomies, and I feel so Queen Bey. As excited as I am about being about to walk around in the nude without creating an awkward […]

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You Know That Thing That Makes You Love That Person? Tell Them.

August 12, 2014

God I’m so sad about Robin Williams. I seriously feel like a friend died. He was such a talented entertainer, and seemed like a genuinely sweet guy. But his death got me thinking: when someone dies, people come out with these beautiful tributes to the person. There are so many articles […]

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When I Go on a Really Bad Date, I Honestly Just Feel Bad for My Mom

August 10, 2014

My poor mother. The lady wants to plan a wedding and have some grandkiddos. I’m an only child and so she has to depend on me to make this happen. Unfortunately, I’m in the “kissing a lot of frogs” stage of the game, thus making these two events nearly impossible. I’m […]

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Maybe It’s Time to Abandon the “He’s Just Not That Into You” Mindset

August 7, 2014

I spent the last few days recovering from getting my wisdom teeth yanked (yuck), which left me with plenty of time to sleep, eat ice cream and soup, and think. While I wasn’t usually conscious for more than an hour at a time, I did spend some time thinking about […]

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On Sushi, Wine, and Major Life Changes

July 28, 2014

*Sidenote: Life with Lauren is about to get a little facelift. It’s been a few years, and it’s much needed! I’ll still be posting regularly, and it’ll come back looking fresh to death* I’m scared of a lot of things. These things include: Cockroaches Rollercoasters Burglars Spiders Sharks My parents’ […]

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Can’t Sleep? You Need a FitBit. Seriously.

July 23, 2014

I requested a FitBit for my birthday, mostly because I work from home and was concerned that I’m sitting in front of a computer for too long every day. I knew the FitBit would help track my steps and give me a better sense about just how active (or not) […]

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The Dating Rules You Have to Ignore (Seriously, They’re Stupid)

July 18, 2014

There are all kinds of unspoken rules when you’re dating, and personally, I think (for the most part) they’re dumb and outdated. Let’s get rid of them. Some of the rules you hear about a lot include: If you’re the lady, you let the guy text you first Guys are […]

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We Can All Use a Reminder to Just Step Back and Soak it All In

July 17, 2014

If you watched the ESPYs last night, you caught a highly moving and emotional speech from ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who’s fighting cancer for the second time. If you missed the speech, you can watch it here.  I’m embarrassed to admit that I spent a large chunk of yesterday in […]

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Tweak Your “To Do” List and Feel So. Much. Better.

July 9, 2014

I’m a big fan of making “To Do” lists, and have to make one every night before I go to bed so I can sleep better. But recently I’d been STRESSED and my go-to list wasn’t doing much to help.  I realized I was plowing through plenty of tasks each day, but […]

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